Susan Wheelan doesn’t have a Wikipedia page and is only mentioned once in the Group Development article, yet she is one of the brightest. A bestseller in previous editions, Creating Effective Teams, Third Edition is Susan A. Wheelan, PhD, is president of GDQ Associates, Inc. Until recently, she. Creating Effective Teams takes readers by the hand through the four Dr. Wheelan is the author of Facilitating Training Groups, Group Processes: A.

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Packed with straightforward strategies for building and supporting well-managed, high performing teams, this book examines why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive. New to the Third Edition: A bestseller in previous editions, Creating Effective Teams, Third Edition is intended for students and team leaders and members in organizational studies, management, human resources, social psychology, education, group studies, leadership, sociology and communication.

Use of Plain English and lack of jargon are whelan effective. The two-tier structure Chs. Until recently, she was professor of Psychological Studies and faculty director of the Training and Development Center at Temple University. Currently she is teaching at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She also has worked in a number of school, hospital, and clinical settings. She is coeditor of The Lewin Legacy: A Guide for Members and Leaders. She has written numerous articles for publication as well.

Wheelan has provided consultation to a wide variety effectve organizations.

Creating Effective Teams

Topics included group and organizational develop-ment, diversity, and conflict management. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Discussions have been added throughout the text, focusing on how different ethnic and cultural groups may have differing perceptions of group interactions. The book details specific strategies for respecting divergent beliefs while remaining effective.

More real-life examples and problem-solving skills. Step-by-step directions for becoming a high-performing team are included. New checklists and self-evaluations. Readers are provided with the theory and research background for the practical, application-based material in the text.

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Corporate America emphasizes management, athletics teams key in on the coaches, and churches center on senior pastors as the problem or solution for anything dysfunctions within the organization. Wheelan contends that the success of any given team is contingent upon the performance of all of its members. Creating Effective Teams is different from much of efective popular leadership books in that the author stresses the importance of teamwork. As a bonus, Wheelan shares practical information and stories to move the reader beyond the theoretical and abstract language found in many publications.

Because group dynamics is a crucial factor in creatlng team, Wheelan suggests that all team members have a good understanding of the stages of group development in order to identify where and who they are reams a group. She offers four stages of development every group experiences as they develop.

Groups generally enter Stage 3 in the fourth or fifth month, and Stage 4, or high performance, typically begins during the sixth or seventh month. The book concludes with the author giving advice concerning seasons of rest, obtaining organizational support, and if necessary, interventions that include goal setting and feedback in order to enhance group productivity.

While the information Wheelan shares in this book is incredibly valuable, the redundancy within the chapters can be a challenge to the reader. There are leaders who may even inadvertently award competitive behavior by giving in to the person or group that complains the most. The thrust of this challenge is that in such cases, the group will never become a team until the leadership philosophy changes. The results are devastating in ministry as those who would be and should be co laborers become instead, arch rivals.

The group then becomes fragmented and everyone operates as individuals hoping to achieve the group goals on their own and receive the credit and glory by themselves. Addressing these issues would effwctive taken the book to another level. Check it out at the library. Don’t waste your money on it. Wehelan book is very pricey and the investment is creaing flop.

I am disappointed with the content. Wish I could return it. The title totally sold me, it has all the buzz words. I should have done more research on it. I found no new value in the material I read. One person found this helpful.

Susan Wheelan has made me a believer in the benefits of strong teams. This book takes the reader through the various stages of group development and helps them identify various pitfalls to avoid so the team can mature into a high-performance team.

This book felt very choppy and awkwardly written. Many sections seemed to have no logical flow whatsoever. I made it through the entire book, but that is because it was required reading for my Masters. This is an excellent book, does not get lost in overly academic language. Most literature out there is geared towards leading teams, it is refreshing to see a well written book geared towards team members.


Creating Effective Teams: A Guide For Members And Leaders

Includes excellent surveys to gauge team development. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A Guide for Membership and Leaders, sums up her message beautifully. Wheelan desired to give her readers a practice guide for all teams to be successful and reach their fullest potential.

I believe that Mrs. Wheelan accomplished her goal with this book, she gave great insight into team dynamics and a practical guide for teams to become creatong performing teams. The book begins by laying the groundwork for a healthy team culture. Wheelan suggests that you must plant groups in a favorable organizational climate. She advises that to have the proper organizational culture wheeelan group must have a clearly defined mission, support innovation, expect success, value quality, pay attention to details, cherish evaluation and recommendations, and reward teamwork rather than individual success.

She goes on to unpack all of these characteristics in more depth and detail but ultimately she gives a very practical guide on how to create a successful team environment. Beyond giving a list of details, the book also includes a test, or an evaluation tool, to determine how the reader is doing at creating a healthy team environment.

After laying the foundation for healthy teams to thrive, Wheelan goes on to talk about the stages of group development. Stage 1 of group development is about dependency and inclusion. It is important at this stage that team members find a safe place where they can belong. In this stage the group is dependent on the leader to creahing goals and assign tasks.

Stage 2 is summed up by counter dependency and fighting. In this stage the group is becoming less dependent on the leader and conflict often occur as members attempt to understand their role within the group. In stage 3, groups begin to establish trust and structure. When groups get to this stage, they are more willing to work together and have clarity in their goals.

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The final stage that Wheelan describes is stage 4. In this stage groups are about getting work done, teams are the most productive and effective at this stage. In stage 4 group members are not working as individuals to solve wheelann but are working as teams to produce the highest quality product possible. In addition to giving details about each group stage, Wheelan gives practical help for teams to move from one stage to another.

In the following chapters, Wheelan, answers the questions of how healthy teams function and how to be an effective team member.

Effectice both of these chapters Wheelan maps out the practices that make up healthy teams and team members. At the end of both of these sections, she includes a helpful quiz to help the reader process where they stand as a team member and leader.

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